Westfield River • Browns + Rainbows

The Westfield River is still holding its ground. Right around mid November you either catch ’em or you don’t. There are still some sizable fish lurking around just waiting to go after a fluffy bugger. On this particular outing I landed two rainbows over 16″. Good stuff. Its the brown trout though that are the reason I love the EB so much. They are the true predators with an aggressive attitude, ready to take down a streamer. So much fun. There is a stretch on the Westfield River that caters to browns and thats where I was off to. After several hours of catching some sizable fish it was time to kick back, eat lunch and admire the wildlife. If you haven’t fished this river before I highly recommend it. Its wild and beautiful – the perfect place to let yourself go. If you want a personal adventure on this river give me a shout at grantfigura@gmail.com and ill put you on the fish!

Cheers,

Grant

River Update

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The leaves are down, its dark at 4:30, the end of the season is near. Don’t give up yet! There are still opportunities to catch some big fish before the snow rolls in and takes our joy away. All of the rivers are perfect right now for streamer fishing!

The Deerfield:

The water levels are perfect and most of the leaves have cleared out of the way. This is a perfect opportunity to throw big flies for big fish. Big Buggers, Muddler Minnows, White Streamers, and anything with a gold beaded head works right now. The large rainbows are fattening up for the winter and want something substantial! No size 22 nymphs on this river. Gear up and be warm. Don’t skimp or be under-prepared when fishing in November or December. It can make or break your day when you are cold and miserable.

The EB of The Westfield River: 

Perfect water level right now. Cover as much water as you can. There are fish there you just have to hike around and find them. Trust me the hold over fish in the Chesterfield Gorge are well worth the hike! Use small olive buggers and large fluffy dries if it gets warm in the middle of the day. Royal Wulffs, Orange Stimulators and even Caddis flies are still working.

The Swift: 

Good God Ya’ll. This river is still on fire. So many fish so little daylight. The brook trout population has skyrocketed this fall and is standing strong. Use large black stoneflies and fat nymphs to catch the attention of the larger brookies. Below the Rt 9 bridge is where its at. Lots of browns and rainbows pushing the 18” mark and like the Deerfield trout, they want something worth expelling energy for. Use Buggers! Throw them in the fast water and see what happens… Above is a 19″ rainbow caught on the Swift a week ago. Just sayin’

Hit me up in the Spring for a personal Guided Trip!

Fish long and prosper!

– Grant

Deer Isle • Haystack

Deer Isle Maine what an amazing place. Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on Deer Isle. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. My wife was busy helping a friend of ours TA a weekend long ceramic workshop there so I took the opportunity to have my own weekend long residency in an old cabin. I made some new prints for our open studio sale in a week at the Arts and Industries Building in Florence MA. What a place to recharge and get some work done!

See you at open studios: Nov. 14 – 15  •  10am – 5pm  •  Arts & Industries Building   •  221 Pine St. Florence, MA  •  Studio #336

November Rainbows • Feeding Time

It’s been a warm November with temperatures hitting in the low 70’s here in Western Massachusetts. I cant get over how amazing the fishing’s been. The Deerfield has a lot of large rainbows hitting big flies right now. Streamers are your best friend in November. The fish are getting ready for the freeze and want to gorge themselves before winter. Fish mid day for these cruising bows. The sun is setting around 5pm and the best time to go is when there’s the most activity on the water around 11am – 3pm. Hatches have been pretty consistent once it hits 64 degrees – flying ants are still kicking around and I’ve even seen some moth hatches alongside the deerfield. Use big fluffy dries if you still cant give up the surface action. Remember the fluffier the better on the Deerfield. There is a lot of water to cover and these fish are BIG. Lets keep this train a rolling the season’s not over yet. Fish on!

Cheers,

Grant